FirstLight 2016 returns in November and December

“Manchester by the Sea”

The Maui Film Festival’s 18th annual 2016 FirstLight: Academy Screenings on Maui will be held over two days in November and six days in December, which will be shared with you a bit further down the road. The event will present 26 of the most award-worthy films of the year featuring an A-List of film universe luminaries.

November’s two days are the 17 and 22. December’s dates are  13, 20, 22, 23, 27 and 28.

Stars lighting up the screen in November’s seven films include:  Casey Affleck, Lizzy Caplan, Marianne Cotillard, Aaron Eckhart, Adam Driver, Joel Egerton, Ruth Negga, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron and Michelle Williams.

Festival Director Barry Rivers raves that this year’s FirstLight films “present an embarrassment of riches FirstLight has not presented for many, many years.”

All screenings will be in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului.


Admission to FirstLight is by the Maui Film Festival’s Four-Film VIP FastPasses. These passes sell for $48 (effectively $12 per film) and each includes admission to any four films the pass holder chooses to see or share with friends.

Admission is also possible through the purchase of single tickets. These are $14 each for anyone 17 and older, or $10 each for anyone 16 or younger.

It is worth noting that this year there are more PG (four in all) and PG-13 (nine in all) than in any of FirstLight’s previous years.

Complete information on FirstLight, including synopses for all films and a link to each film can be found at

For all you need to know about enjoying this special opportunity for Maui and island guest film lovers, including how to purchase 4-Film VIP FastPasses and all single tickets.



“KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS” PG, 1:42. Animation, adventure, family. Screening is at 3 p.m.

Starring Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson and Matthew McConaughey.

“LOVING” PG-13, 2:03. Biography, drama. Screening is at 5 p.m.

Starring Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton and Will Dalton.

“Bleed for This”

“BLEED FOR THIS” R, 1:56. Biography, drama, sport. Screening is at 7:30 p.m.

Starring Miles Teller, Christine Evangelista and Katey Sagal.

“MOONLIGHT” R, 1:51. Drama. Screening is at 9:30 p.m.

Starring Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp and Duan Sanderson.


“Kubo and the Two Strings”

“PATERSON” R, 1:55. Comedy, drama. Screening is at 3 p.m.

Starring Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani and Helen-Jean Arthur.

“MANCHESTER BY THE SEA” R, 2:17. Drama. Screening is at 5 p.m.

Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler.

“ALLIED” R, 2:04. Drama, history. Screening is at 8 p.m.

Starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard and Jared Harris.